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Did you love or hate your college experiemce?

were you that kid that went to every event, or the kid that stayed in their dorm. Did you have friends, join a team, or joined a club? Did you love or hate your college experience? #graduate #sophomore #junior

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Andy’s Answer

Hi Kyana,

Great question and I'm sure you'll get many different responses.

I really loved my college experience. I had a few different groups of friends and did a variety of activities. I went to some school events but I also stayed in my dorms quite a bit as well. Depending on your school, you'll have access to a variety of different experiences. Hopefully you'll find a few that you can really enjoy.

I had a part-time job working at the student computer centers on campus. I was part of the taekwondo team and did a little traveling with them. I also participated in some research projects off campus studying ecosystems with one of my professors and her graduate students. For the most part I enjoyed my classes and managed to find a good balance between studying and fun. My grades could have been better but I ended up not pursuing a career in my field of study.

I eventually went back to school to complete my master's degree in fine art and have been in that career ever since. And while I did not directly follow a career path in my undergraduate degree, I do not feel that it was a waste of time. It was a great experience to learn critical thinking and to gain many life experiences that I would not change.

Definitely take advantage of your school's resources and events and whatever it is that appeals to you. Maybe try a few new things. There are a lot of great experiences to be had and I wish you luck in finding many of them.

thanks! I appreciate the suggestions. Kyana J.

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Devona’s Answer

Hey Kyana J.,

As I'm sure you've already discovered, the college experience is different for everyone.
College is all about what you make it. I was on the dance team, worked for the engineering research program and was a board member of a couple of the engineering societies. There are so many events, organizations, and chances to really have plenty of fun in college, however some people forget the #1 reason they attended, to get a degree. It only took me one semester to realize that if you don't prioritize carefully, all of that fun can turn into distractions. So while I hung with friends, attended events, and traveled to conferences, I also spent a lot of time with my study groups and getting extra help from my professors. The time spent in college is memorable and life changing for most, its the time when you have to be responsible for yourself. I believe balance is the key to truly enjoying college, creating memories, and graduating on time with a promising degree. As long as your college plans include a proper balance between work and fun, it will be an unforgettable, must have experience.